Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Rheumatology for June 2012. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform Law
THURSDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Supreme Court voted June 28 to uphold the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which has been the subject of debate and multiple lawsuits since its 2010 inception.
Multi-Biomarker Test Measures Level of RA Activity
THURSDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- A novel multi-biomarker disease activity (MBDA) test consistently distinguishes patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with different categories of disease activity, according to a study published online June 26 in Arthritis Care & Research.
Duplicate Payments by Federal Government Increasing
WEDNESDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- The federal government spends a substantial and increasing amount on individuals who are dually enrolled in separate managed care programs (the Veterans Affairs health care system [VA] and Medicare Advantage plan [MA]), according to a study published online June 26 in the Journal of the American Medical Association to coincide with presentation at the Annual Research Meeting of AcademyHealth, held from June 24 to 26 in Orlando, Fla.
Use of Electronic Records Tied to Fewer Malpractice Claims
TUESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- Use of electronic health records (EHRs) is associated with fewer medical malpractice claims among physicians from multiple surgical and medical specialties, according to a research letter published online June 25 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Cannabis Use for Fibromyalgia Linked to Poor Mental Health
FRIDAY, June 22 (HealthDay News) -- More than 10 percent of patients with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia report using marijuana to relieve pain, and those who do so are more likely to be in poorer mental health, seek drugs, and be unemployed, according to a study published online June 21 in Arthritis Care & Research.
Half of Residents Report Working While Sick
THURSDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- About half of residents have worked while sick, with many reporting feeling obligated to colleagues and patients, according to a research letter published online June 18 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Belimumab Deemed Safe for Long-Term Lupus Treatment
TUESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), long-term belimumab therapy combined with standard therapy is well tolerated, according to a study published online June 5 in Arthritis & Rheumatism.
Research Suggests Flavocoxid Causes Acute Liver Injury
TUESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- Flavocoxid, a proprietary prescription medical food used to treat osteoarthritis, appears to cause acute liver injury within months of initiating use, according to research published in the June 19 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Patient-Rated Elbow Evaluation Most Responsive Instrument
MONDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- The Patient-Rated Elbow Evaluation form (PREE) is the most responsive instrument to identify and quantify elbow joint-specific changes before and after total elbow arthroplasty, according to a study published online June 5 in Arthritis Care & Research.
Psoriasis Tied to 14 Other Autoimmune Diseases
FRIDAY, June 15 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with psoriasis have significantly higher odds for having at least one of 14 other autoimmune diseases, according to a study published online June 4 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Gender Gap Exists in Physician Researchers' Salaries
TUESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- A survey of mid-career academic physician researchers shows that gender differences in salary exist even after adjusting for differences in specialty, institutional characteristics, academic productivity, academic rank, and work hours, according to a study published in the June 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Viscosupplementation Deemed Ineffective for Treating Knee OA
TUESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- Viscosupplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee results in minimal reduction in pain scores while potentially increasing the risk for flare-ups and serious adverse events, according to research published online June 11 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Aspirin Ups Risk of Bleeding in All But Diabetes Patients
TUESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Aspirin use is associated with an increased risk of major bleeding, while patients with diabetes have a high risk of bleeding, independent of aspirin use, according to a study published in the June 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Self-Management Has Small Effect on Low Back Pain
TUESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Compared to minimal interventions, self-management has a small effect on pain and disability in non-specific low back pain (LBP), according to a review published online May 23 in Arthritis Care & Research.
Acute Purine Intake Can Up Risk of Gout Attacks Nearly Five-Fold
MONDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with gout can be nearly five-fold more likely to have gout attacks if they eat purine-rich foods such as meat, seafood, mushrooms, and spinach, with animal sources posing a greater risk than plant sources, according to a study published online May 30 in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
Disability in Juvenile Arthritis Affects Adult Employment
FRIDAY, June 1 (HealthDay News) -- Disability resulting from juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) can affect educational attainment and ultimately impact employment in adulthood, according to a study published online May 31 in Arthritis & Rheumatism.
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